More than half the lawmakers impeaching Brazil’s president have been either convicted or investigated themselves

Matt Moffett reports for Quartz:

Dilma Rousseff smiling in the Senate[…] In all, 45 of 81 senators have either been convicted of a serious offense—the crimes include money laundering, embezzlement, and vote buying—or are being investigated for one, according to Transparency Brazil, a watch-dog group.

Among them is senate leader Renan Calheiros, who is named as a suspect in eight investigations related to a massive bribery and kickback scandal in Brazil’s national oil company, Petrobras. Calheiros resigned from an earlier stint as senate president in 2007, amid allegations that a former mistress was receiving child-support payments funneled through a lobbyist. Then there was “Hairgate”: Calheiros faces an administrative misconduct investigation for using a Brazilian air force jet to transport him to a clinic in northeastern Brazil for hair transplant surgery in 2013.

In the lower house of congress, which has already voted for impeachment, 273 of 513 members are either being investigated or have already been convicted, Transparency found. Some of the cases in the lower house involve even more serious crimes, including forced labor, vehicular homicide, and torture.



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